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About Hallie C.

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Tampa, FL

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If you would like to learn an instrument, one of the best to learn about music is the Violin. The violin is famous for being one of the easiest to learn on a basic level, but the most difficult to master. Having learned the violin from infancy with my mother being a professional violinist, I have had extensive training in teaching and playing the violin using both traditional and Suzuki methods. I will help you to fulfill your potential, while enriching your life with all the benefits of music.

Things you can expect to learn in Violin lessons are:

Posture
Ear Training
Phrasing and Musicality
Audition Preparation
Stage Presence and Performance
Music Theory
Music History

Ages 2.5 and up.
20 minute lessons are for children aged 4 and younger, please.

About Hallie
Hello there! Do you or your loved ones have an interest in music? So do I! That is why I am here to teach and share my own passion for music. I love working with children and have two boys of my own. I love teaching music and instil passion for learning into every one of my students.

Having grown up in a musical family with my mother a professional violinist, I have been exposed to the joys of music since childhood. I learned how to play Suzuki piano at the age of three, and later percussion and string instruments from when I was six years old. In high school I joined the band playing flute. I loved playing flute and piccolo so much that I decided to take this as my career and went to Interlochen Arts Academy where I excelled in my performance. I later went to Prague Conservatory and Czech Budweiss Conservatory and played with the
Prague Film Orchestra. Even more recently I have been a teacher for the Flutes and Strings classes at Unison World School in Dehradun, India.

I have enjoyed having a very successful studio here in Tampa, and hope to enrich your life with music soon!

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to teaching varies with the age level of each student. With younger students, imitation is often one of the best methods of learning and I prefer the Suzuki method for students up to age 8, especially with strings. For older children and adults, learning music notation and basic music theory for a full understanding of musical language are more important to get them to the level where they can learn any music that they want to play for fun. For students who wish to excel in their school band, a more practical approach with technique specific warm-ups and exercises seems to be the best in general.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in the living room which includes music stands, sheet music, whiteboard, video recording equipment and microphone, and seating for parents/students. No pets. Parking in driveway. Siblings are welcome.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide metronome, and tools for minor instrument repair. Students should provide their own music stands and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki method, Hrimaly, Taffanel et Gaubert, Patricia George
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karen January 15, 2018
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Hallie was great. Very easy to take a lesson online and fun!!!!
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Jason January 15, 2018
· Violin · Online
Very nice Teacher
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· Violin · Online
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Hallie C.

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Beginner & intermediate violin practices include the Suzuki methods, duets, theory, and an understanding of the violin as a whole. I will encourage students to eventually learn compositions of their choosing.

About Olivia
I love to create. The way I'm most comfortable creating is through writing; whether it's a song, a short story, a poem or a script. Writing has always been the bass line in my life; the heartbeat.

Music and film are both passions of mine. I graduated from Berklee College of Music where I studied Songwriting and Music Therapy. I was pushed to my absolute limits lyrically and musically within these majors, and I am so grateful for it now that I'm on my own creative journey.

I have a great deal of experience, but I am also still learning. I think it is very important as a teacher to always be learning, especially through their students. Teaching these lessons is, of course, about progress and advancement - but also about enjoyment, confidence building and positive encouragement.
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Katie April 24, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
She is super awesome and she is very funny and it is super fun, I look forward to every Tuesday night!!!
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Ainsley C. April 18, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Olivia is so kind and patient very well suited for young beginners. We were curious how the online lesson would work and it went so well! Highly recommend Olivia and the online lessons!
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Katie April 17, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
She is super Awesome and makes learning super fun, she is also very patent if you get the wrong cord and she can help you perfect it!!
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About Nicole C.

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During lessons, we will learn proper playing techniques and reading notation. I can prepare you for a School orchestra or if you just want to learn popular songs for fun. My goal is to make all lessons with be fun, engaging, and you will look forward to the next lesson.

About Nicole
Nicole began her musical journey in Long Island, New York when she began piano lessons at age five. While receiving training on piano, she joined her elementary school orchestra in the 3rd grade and quickly soared with violin. During this period, Nicole began learning music theory and the art of reading music. As a fourth grader, Nicole would go on to conduct and tune every instrument in her orchestra during rehearsal. She always competed and won many NYSMA competitions for violin while attending music seminars and workshops. It was then that her teacher realized she had a gift. Nicole continued with piano lessons and began teaching herself guitar. Later, after college, she bought herself a drum set and began to teach herself drums.
As an adult, Nicole studied to become an elementary teacher and worked in the New York State Sch
ool Districts for over five years. Shortly after receiving her master€'s degree for Literacy Education, Nicole decided to attempt to share her passion for music. In 2007, Nicole opened a music studio in Holbrook, New York. Here, she refined her music teaching skills while establishing Nicolex Inc. Music Island as a leading source of quality music education. Her summer traveling music program allowed her students to experience live performances as well as create music groups with peers with the same passion for music.
Nicole now resides in Tampa, Florida with hopes to spread her business as well as the joy of music to children and adults. She currently is the singer for a local original rock band. In this band, Nicole writes songs, sings, plays guitar/piano (not all at the same time). Needless to say, she understands the importance that music has had in her life and wishes to ignite that passion in other music lovers.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is best labeled as kind but firm. I take my job very seriously and want wholeheartedly for my students to have music as a part of their life, not just a part of their day. I love to laugh and have fun but I will definitely expect my students to practice and complete any homework I assign and be prepared for the following lesson. Simply stated, music is fun and the love of my life, but if I still practice, you will as well. Otherwise, I always believe in teaching songs my students are interested in and will expand their musical skills. My experience as a public school teacher had enhanced my sense of finding individual needs of every student. Therefore, I always differentiate lessons to suit my students interest while teaching them the foundations every musician needs in order to be successful. My specialty is teaching a variety of instruments. I play drums, guitar, bass, piano, and sing as well. So, if one instrument is not for you, I can teach you something different without a problem. Long story short, friends, you are in good hands.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Service music room: Keyboard, Full drum kit, Electric Guitar with 30 watts Amp and Microphone/ vocal monitor.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a 76 key Yahama YPG-235 Keyboard for your household to use for lessons for a small monthly rental fee. I have an Epiphone Electric Guitar with 30w amplifier. Will also bring microphone and monitor for vocal lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I have taught mostly Rock, Blues, and Classical genres for Piano, Guitar, Drums. Vocally, I specialize in R&B, Broadway, Pop, Top 100 and alternative/Hard Rock. I will adapt to your needs.
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Joy T. April 2, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
Our 1st lessons was a disappointment my iPad and laptop are in perfect condition she kept telling us she couldn’t hear us we were like crazy trying to figure out what was wrong on our end but there is nothing wrong with my set up. We wasted a good 20minutes out of the 30 minutes.we used FaceTime on my cellphone instead for approximately 10mins.Before the lesson I told Nicoele that my daughter wants to learn a part of the song Havana she is having trouble with. Nicoele said to just omit that part instead and said that’s easy fix! Really? She didn’t teach her how to learn the part.then she asked my daughter what other songs she is working on and my child she said A million dreams. She let her play for about 2minutes and then said try learning this strumming pattern and jumped to the song You are my sunshine! What the !!! My daughter said Miss Nicoele I really want to learn the Havana song .Nicoele said play you are my sunshine!!!! Really? We lost $27.00 plus the $12.00 placement fee which Frank said he will wave that fee when I enrolled! Very disappointed student. She has a show to attend to on April 10 and never was taught the part of the song Havana that she planned for the day! Waste of money and time! After she hanged up she texted and she said she figured out what was wrong with her computer or set up! She should have credited me a few minutes of what we lost. She told us to find a live teacher or another teacher too before she hanged up the FaceTime!
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Caden F. March 18, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Nicole was very patient and encouraging with my son. Great lesson!
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Sophia January 14, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Great 1st lesson for my 6 year old daughter. She was great at explaining concepts and steps to my daughter. And she kept my daughter engaged and interested.
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About Randall K.

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I start with the All for Strings books, add Suzuki for our first songs then move on to Wohlfahrt first position studies. Also we learn our positions and violin solos music.

About Randall
I have been teaching music for over 20 years and playing as a professional musician for even longer. I know how to get the best out of my students and have fun doing it. I'm a University of South Florida grad and I have worked and studies in Las Vegas and at the Berklee school of music. My students constantly win superiors at contest and sit in the upper chairs in band and orchestra. Lets have some fun and make some music.

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In a laid back fun way we will learn the fundamentals of our instrument. I start out with the All For Strings series of books and add the Suzuki method books for some tunes. In 3 to 6 months you will be playing the music you like and having fun and learning new things while you do.

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Lessons in the living room or den

*** Specialties ***
Both classical and
Jazz.
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Ella March 24, 2018
· Violin · In studio
We were very pleased with how quickly Randall was able to get Ella interested and interacting in the lesson. He took the time to explain everything in a way she understood. She is very excited to go back and continue learning from him.
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Cindy March 15, 2018
· Saxophone · Online
Mr. Randall is really funny, and he explains your mistakes really clearly. He’s a really good teacher
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Alex H. February 19, 2018
· Saxophone · Online
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About Siobhan C.

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Miami, FL

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Lessons will involve building technique (scales, arpeggios, intonation exercise, bow exercises), sight reading, performance practice, and building repertoire. Can incorporate Suzuki method if that is your preference

About Siobhan
Siobhan is an internationally performing violinist originally from Detroit, Michigan. Currently residing in Miami, Florida, she maintains an active studio of violin, viola, and piano students while being an active performer on stages all over the country.

She has most recently served as Principal Second Violinist of the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Miami Chamber Orchestra, Guest Principal Second Violinist of the South Florida Symphony, and Principal Violist with the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra. She currently holds a position in the violin section with Miami-based NuDeco Ensemble and often performs with several other orchestras, including the Southwest Florida Symphony, Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra, the Villages Philharmonic, as well as the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. She has appeared recently as a soloist wit
h the Filarmonia Xalapa in Veracruz Mexico performing a variety of solo repertoire and concertos.

Siobhan has performed on stage with Plácido Domingo, Emanuel Ax, Midori, Andrea Bocelli, Audra McDonald, and Christine Goerke, as well as on tour with nationally recognized artists including Il Volo, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart, and the Trans Siberian Orchestra. She is currently the touring violinist for the internationally recognized cinematic rock band, Starset.

She has maintained violin and piano studios in Michigan, Florida, and online for all levels. Her teaching experience includes mentorship with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Music Project, and after school music programs at the Cushman School in Miami.

She holds a Master of Music in Performance as well as a Bachelor of Music in Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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Derek January 8, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Siobhan has been teaching our 10yo daughter piano for the past 18mths. Siobhan demonstrates a strong understanding and expertise of the piano. Siobhan's bright and cheerful manner has meant our daughter enjoys her lessons each week and is excited to keep learning piano.
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About Naomi B.

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I am a violinist, artist and singer/songwriter in Portland, Oregon who has been teaching violin for over 15 years. I believe that with enough practice, patience and dedication anyone can learn to play a new instrument. No previous experience is necessary-- just a passion for music!

NOTE: My availability is somewhat flexible so please contact me to set up a time that works!

Lessons will focus on:

-A solid basic foundation in classical music-- we can branch out from here!
-Learning to read music, use dynamics, bow, tune, scales, developmental exercises.
-Above all: having fun and pursuing a new passion.

Music is my life and has taken me all over the country and across the world and I want to share it's magic with as many people as I can!

About Naomi
I teach private violin lessons for beginner and intermediate level students. I have been teaching violin for 17 years. I love working with both children and adults of all ages. No previous experience is necessary-- just a love for music!

I use a combination of classical techniques and Suzuki method along with lots of patience, positivity and creativity.

About me: I am a classically trained violinist with over 23 years of experience and a diverse musical background. I've performed with the University Orchestra and the UT Opera Society at the University of Texas, several string quartets and many bands-- folk, country, rock, experimental, pop and Mariachi to name a few. I periodically tour as a performer nationally and internationally.

In addition to teaching private lessons for many years, I taught violin at a public school in A
ustin and have been working with students at music schools in the Portland area for the past year.

For those who live outside of Portland or don't want to make the drive, I offer online lessons via Skype which I've had a great success rate with. I've taught students all over globe from New York to Brazil and beyond.

Get in touch today and we'll make your music dreams a reality!
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Jennifer March 11, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I am the Manager of Happy Valley Arts Academy where Naomi teaches lessons. She is great to work with! She is creditable, on time (which is very important), great communication and works amazingly with the students and parents.
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Anne March 8, 2018
· Violin · In studio
My daughter has been loving her lessons with Naomi. She is patient, flexible, encouraging and inspiring! I recommend her wholeheartedly.
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Kim March 7, 2018
· Violin · Online
We are so lucky to have found Naomi! My son just started playing in December and the progress he has made in just a couple of months is really amazing. Naomi is a wonderful instructor. She’s kind, patient, knowledgeable, and dedicated to helping her students achieve success. Naomi really fosters my son’s love of the violin and I can tell how much he respects her. I also have to say that I’m really grateful for the ability to do a blend of online and in-person lessons...it’s very helpful when our calendar is full to know that we can get a high-quality lesson from the comfort of home and, yet, still have the ability to get in-person instruction should my son need it. Thanks so much, Naomi!
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About DaNece L.

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Whether you are a complete beginner or a more advanced student looking to improve your skills and musicality, I can help you wherever you're at! I have been teaching violin for six years and will be obtaining a masters degree in violin performance in May 2018. I am a registered Suzuki teacher and have been trained to teach students of all different levels. I stress a strong technical foundation in all my students through correct posture and relaxation while playing. I am a classically trained violinist and teacher, but can teach other genres as well!

About DaNece
I started the violin when I was eight years old and taught my first student when I was 17. As a musician, I love the experience of making music in professional orchestras, chamber groups, and solo playing as much as I love teaching it to students of every age and level. I am an approachable, nurturing teacher who will provide you with valuable technical skills needed to become the violinist you want to be! I am a registered Suzuki teacher.
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Bill Barmes September 29, 2017
· Violin · In home
Very patient teacher appreciate her skills
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DaNece L.

DaNece L.

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Hello!

I have over 10 years of musical experience playing violin, and other instruments. I also have over 3 years of experience working with children ages 4-12. I have the ability to work with all ages.

My interest is in the student. I am interested in tailoring lessons to the goals and desires of each student. I specialize in students starting out and getting their feet wet in the music world. I believe in setting goals and achieving them in the way that works best for my students.

About Chelsea
Welcome everyone!

I have a few beliefs:

I believe that everyone should know how to play an instrument. Whether it is violin, ukulele, piano, their voice, whatever! Music is a part of what makes us human, and is important for personal development.

I believe that no one is "too old" to start up an instrument. Age is only a number and it is never too late to start up something that may become a passion.

I believe that learning an instrument is a journey. Any journey has its ups and downs, but in the end, you are glad you took that first step.

I have been playing violin for over 10 years, and along the way have picked up some ukulele, voice, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, and piano. I am a teacher, and I have the knowledge and know-how to pass along to any student. However, I also consider myself a student in that I am always
looking to learn how to improve myself.

Any student of mine will have 100% of my interest in their growth and development as a musician. I can work with a wide variance of ages, having experience in ages 4-12 year old children.

I look forward to meeting with you soon!
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kaelynn P. April 4, 2018
· Violin · In studio
She was great with my daughter and made her feel very comfortable.first session I think she will be a great teacher for kaelynn.
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Marilyn March 29, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Chelsea was super patient and explained things very well. I was nervous, I have never been good at playing instruments let alone Ukulele but she made me feel very comfortable and I had a lot of fun during our lesson. Excited to keep working with Chelsea!
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Jessica R. March 8, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Chelsea is so patient! I started taking lessons with her when I first became interested in the ukulele. She inspired me to go out and play gigs and helped me become really confident in myself. She connects with me and always listens, especially when I'm having a bad day. She is honest, and caring, and is a wonderful teacher. I'm so grateful for her and everything she's done for me as a musician!
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Saint Petersburg, FL 33712
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About Jinty M.

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Experienced teacher of 10 years specializing in beginning to elite teaching. I served as a teaching assistant to two of the top pedagogues in the nation and have learned how to teach their world class technique to prevent injury. I'm also a part of a crossover string quartet, so I never turn my nose up to learning different types of music once the classical basics and technique are down! I arrange music for myself and my string quartet, so I'm always up for teaching how to arrange as well.

About Jinty
I am a professional violinist and arranger. I've studied violin for a little over twenty years. For about half of that time, I was playing with poor technique and had to go into physical therapy at age 16 because of all of the pain I was experiencing. At that point, I began studying under a world class pedagogue at Indiana University who taught me how to play properly and without pain. Not only did my pain get better, but also my sound! I worked my way up from student to teaching assistant and he taught me how to teach others his world class technique. I received my bachelors of Music in violin performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2014, and one of my passions is to teach that same technique to my students from the get-go, so they never have to endure the pain that I had to.

Since then, I've played with the Civi
c Orchestra of Chicago, performed over 700 concerts representing the Lincoln Center in New York in their partnership with Holland America Line, and have just recently started touring around the United States with my crossover string quartet. We write most of the arrangements that we play, and another strength of mine is arranging because of that. I love playing all kinds of music, and I firmly believe that if you learn how to play classical violin with the proper technique, you can play any kind of music!
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Laurel April 12, 2018
· Violin · In home
Jinty was my first violin instructor and did a fantastic job at introducing me to not only the technical aspects of playing, but also the musicality that's necessary in performance and enjoyment. She was very patient with me as a beginner and was very prepared to teach. We always did a variety of different exercises in our lessons, and my following instructor was impressed at how prepared I was for the time in which I had been playing. Jinty helped me to find the love for violin that keeps me playing today!
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Hey there explorer!

So you thought the violin is only meant to play Classical music? Think again!
With over 13 years of experience in improvisation in many different musical styles on the violin, I will show you the methods to explore and teach yourself any type of musical style you'd wish to play!
Although being mainly a Jazz violinist, I have performed and recorded in many different musical genres and improvisation styles including Blues, Trad Jazz, Rock, Indian Classical music, Bluegrass, Jewish Klezmer music and more. Since students spend most of their crucial development time individually in the practice room, as a teacher my biggest ambition is to teach my students 'how to be your own teacher' (I know it's kinda shooting myself in the foot :] ). Based on my 20 years experience playing the violin and other instruments, my training in Alexander technique, teaching artistry, psychology, philosophy and meditation, I've accumulated a set of methods and ideas about how to teach my ...

About Omer
A few years ago a musician I really admire told me how he believes that every musician has to be teaching at some point in his career. He has seen it not only as a suggestion but as an obligation, a responsibility of an artist to pass on his knowledge for the next generations. My life circumstances only make this belief stronger within me year after year.
As a young Violinist in Israel that experienced a crisis with Classical music and the Classical school, I’ve been looking around for non-classical Violin teachers in vain. I’ve figured out that in order to play the music I want on the Violin I’m going to have to teach it to myself, thus becoming an independent learner which is most likely the greatest gift I’ve ever received as a musician and a teacher.
I had to read books, watch videos, ask people how they practice, use my ears because
I had no scores to any of the music I wanted to play, explore. I had to criticize myself, I had to remain conscious about my playing and what I think is missing in my playing in comparison to other players, analyze what is it that excites me in one’s music or playing. Most of all, I had the privilege to remain attentive to any new idea being suggested to me, because no one ever taught me what the “truth” is.
Be your own teacher. That is perhaps the only “truth” I would force upon my students.
As part of my teaching philosophy, I'm seeking to not only teach my students the skills they wish to acquire but to show them how to determine and teach themselves new skills they 'need' or desire to acquire.
With over 8 years of experience teaching private students of all levels and conducting Jazz violin workshops for small groups, I like to incorporate my knowledge in music teaching with other knowledge in learning techniques and education I've acquired through training in Psychology, leadership and education, Alexander technique, Teaching artistry, meditation and social work.

An award-winning Jazz violinist and a graduate of The Newschool of Jazz, These days I'm recording and performing on stages around the world playing Jazz, Rock, Folk and more.
Would love to share with you some of my secrets!
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Barry May 6, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I had the delight of taking small group workshops with Omer at jazz weekends.
Aside from being an amazing performer, he is a fantastic teacher - explains and demonstrates in a very clear fashion, has lots of patience, and stimulates his students to work hard and to want to learn as much as they can from him.
Highly highly recommend him as a teacher!
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Deb May 6, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Omer can find a means to teach you no matter what your level is. Omer, thanks for teaching me jazz violin. You are a great player!!!
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David May 5, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Omer has taught swing, Gypsy swing and jazz violin at my Gypsy Jazz Weekend retreat since it's inception in 2013- he is by far the most sought after instructor, and his students consistently praise the unconventional approach that makes both Omer's music and his teaching exciting. He's a pleasure to work with as well.
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One of the most challenging parts of learning how to play the violin is learning how to hold a bow properly, as it can feel very unnatural for beginner and intermediate students. While it can be frustrating, learning how to hold a violin bow is extremely important--especially for those who are just starting violin lessons. With proper bow technique, you can essentially produce whatever tones, strokes, and dynamics you want. However, if you have trouble controlling the bow, you'll end u
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Have you ever shown up to a violin lesson or performance and realized that you completely forgot your violin tuner? If you answered “yes,” then you've already learned how crucial it is to keep your violin in tune. Not only does it ensure you get the best sound, but it also helps train your ear.  There are tons of ways you can tune a violin. Many of them require a certain skill set or an actual device. But thanks to technology, there are dozens of user-friendly violin tuner apps to replace
Introduction to Violin Music Notes
The violin is often considered by musicians to be one of the most challenging instruments to learn. Its roots trace back many centuries and it was clearly a definitive instrument in shaping classical music all over the world. One of the reasons it is considered a difficult instrument to learn is that it's a fretless string instrument, making violin music notes appear to be inexact, yet fingering must still be done with precision. The reward for learning this sweet-sounding elegant instrument, ho
10 More Helpful Apps for Violinists
There are mobile apps for just about everything these days--even playing the violin. Below, violin teacher Julie P. shares 10 helpful apps for violinists... The world of music apps is ever expanding. More and more apps are available to help musicians with everything from music theory to sight reading to organizing practice time. Specifically, there are many helpful apps for violinists. Whether you're a seasoned violin players or you're just starting to take violin lessons, there are to
The Best Violin Exercises for Rhythm, Tone, and More
Learning to play a musical instrument - and finally being able to play all of your favorite songs for violin - is an amazing feeling! However, it can be easy to get caught up in the enthusiasm of learning to play violin songs quickly, and to overlook the important basic step of developing your sound from the very beginning.  Nothing will help build these skills more quickly than concentrated exercises; just a few short bursts each day to concentrate on each area will hone the skills you need to

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